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With this sentence I'm a bit confused:

And when our ancestors finally did make their first cave paintings, what were the first designs? A downward slash, lightning bolts through the bottom and middle—behold, the Running Man.

Specifically, I can't get it why the author used the word "behold" so I can't imagine the drawing that he described.

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The author is being somewhat dramatic. He starts with a plain, technical description of the individual markings on the cave wall. At "behold", the sentence changes tone to be less literal and becomes his interpretation of what the markings as a set represent.

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    He is metaphorically inviting the reader to look at the finished drawing. – Kate Bunting Aug 5 at 18:54
  • @RichF so by downward slash and etc he is trying to describe the final drawing? – nada saboori Aug 6 at 3:13
  • @nadasaboori yes. Then he completes his description by having us picture a running man. – RichF Aug 6 at 4:37

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